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Retro Vinyl Swivel Chairs – SOLD

26 Jun

Set of 4 vinyl swivel chairs

Set of 4 vinyl swivel chairs

I think that these vinyl swivel chairs date to the 1960s, and would originally have been used as dining room chairs around a round table. If you have the perfect retro table, then these would look great, otherwise I think that they’re probably better suited as desk chairs for a home office. The vinyl is original, but is a bit tired looking in places – although not bad enough that the chairs needs recovering. The metal legs are quite corroded, but are still very sturdy so there’re no structural issues, plus with the legs being painted black you don’t notice the wear too much.

A great set of chairs with wonderful retro style – I’d be very happy to have one of these chairs tucked under my desk!

Note: We’ve had to cut away the fabric under the chairs as it had deteriorated too much (see pics under ‘more’).

Dimensions: Each chair measures  42cm wide x 38cm deep x 80cm tall

Price: R600 each/R2200 for the four

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Retro Sideboard – SOLD

23 Jun

Retro sideboard

Retro sideboard

I think that when it was made this sideboard was probably a very stylish and well put together piece! It still has great style, but there’s a bit of wear to the veneer, and the unusual design of the legs means that they’ve taken a bit of a beating over the years. But in terms of value for money, it’s a real winner! It has a cocktail shelf, two handy drawers and enough room for loads of crockery and glassware – in fact it’s quite a spacious piece of furniture – and good looking! The top of the sideboard has a few marks, but accessorise it with some great photo frames and a pot plant or two and the wear and tear will barely be noticeable!

Dimensions: 1.83m wide x 80cm tall x 46cm deep

Price: R1900

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Palm Stand and Milk Stool – SOLD

12 Jun

Palm stand & 'dipped' milk stool

Palm stand & ‘dipped’ milk stool

I know some people might find them quite old fashioned, but I’ve always loved palm stands! I don’t really have the space for one in our current home, but I used to stay in a really beautiful manor house that had been converted into apartments, and my palm stand fitted in perfectly there! In fact this tall painted palm stand is from my old home! I’ve given it a lick of paint because it was a bit tired looking, but it’s never going to be perfect. That being said it’s still in good enough nick to hold your pot plant, and on the plus-side you won’t need to be too precious when you’re watering your plant!

I bought the milk stool with the legs already dipped – I thought it looked so sweet! It takes something quite ordinary onto another level, and while this affect might be a bit faddish, I still think it makes the stool pop – doesn’t it look great with the orange pot plant (a gift from my most lovely friend, Caryn Tilbury – thank you sweet lady!).

Dimensions: Palm stand – 106cm tall x 24cm in diameter (across top); Milk stool – 57cm tall x 28cm in diameter (across top)

Prices: Palm stand – R350; Milk stool – R260

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1950s Sideboard-Cum-Display Cabinet – SOLD

12 May

1950s Sideboard-cum-display cabinet

1950s Sideboard-cum-display cabinet

I can’t seem to find a makers mark on this fabulous retro sideboard, but the name on the lock is for a Canadian manufacturer, so I’d assume that this piece is either from neighboring America, or Canada itself. And in terms of age, I’d guess that it dates to the 1950s – it could be a bit later, but I don’t think so. The colour of the veneer, the curved glass and the patterned vinyl all seem very ’50s to me. I love the style of the piece, but in particular it’s that curved wall of patterned vinyl that I really, really like! Isn’t it just so cool?! There’s a fair amount of wear both to the veneer, and the areas of solid wood, but given it’s age I think it’s doing pretty well!

An unusual and very attractive sideboard that would be the perfect showcase for your collection of Murano ashtrays or retro highball glasses.

Dimensions: 1.37m wide x 41cm deep x 88cm tall

Price: R1500

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Wooden Dumb Valet – SOLD

15 Apr

Wooden dumb valet

Wooden dumb valet

These dumb valets are such handy pieces of furniture! They don’t take up a lot of room, and make ‘dumping’ your clothes a much neater process – plus they’re look way better than a chair covered in a pile of clothes! This double stand version has been attacked by a bit of borer at some point (the curse of the Berea!), but I’ve had it standing in my house for the past month so I can say with certainty that the borer’s long gone. One of the metal bars that run along the ‘feet’ of the clothes horse is also missing, but I don’t think most people would notice, so it’s not a huge train smash.

A functional and reasonably priced vintage dumb valet that you’ll find super useful – especially if you have a hubby (or wife!) who has a habit of dropping their clothes on the floor!

Price: R350

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Pair of Children’s Chairs – SOLD

9 Apr

Pair of wooden children's chairs

Pair of wooden children’s chairs

It’s funny how something quite ordinary becomes quite special when it’s in its miniature form. These chairs would be quite plain if they were full sized (although I do quite like their simple metal frame), but the fact that they’re children’s chairs makes them very cool indeed! The one chair leg is missing its rubber stopper, but it doesn’t seem to make the chair unstable at all, plus it would probably be pretty easy to replace. The wood has recently been sanded, but I see that there are a few spots which could do with a bit more varnish – luckily though they’re the bits that are mostly hidden from sight, which is probably how they were missed to begin with!

A sweet pair that will look great in your playroom. And I can personally attest to the fact that kids love them – Noks daughter, Amahle, spent the whole morning with her bum firmly planted on one!

Dimensions: Each chair measures 46cm tall x 22.5cm wide x 25.5cm deep

Price: R225 each

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